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    Masquerade

    by Assenczo Updated Apr 5, 2015

    Pernik’s main claim to fame was originally mining and industrial facilities. Nowadays it seems to have moved out of this dirt-sifting business and moved into the sublime realm of show business. On the last weekend of January the town turns into a throbbing ball of excitement with guests from “all over the world”. Actually Wikipedia, the “knows-it-all” and only source of information about the masquerade reveals the fact that this activity was conceived in the height of Pernik’s mining glory, the 1960s. The reason of the gathering was formulated as “Winter Festival” with the participation of Bulgarian folk characters (digging into the genesis of these is not recommended due to its confusing nature). Since the 1990s though, it was expanded into an international venue for similar masked creatures covering the continents of “Europe, Asia and Africa”. Despite this claim there were no black Africans anywhere to be seen or heard (interior of Africa is probably the only place where this kind of rituals are still part of daily life and not a Disney-style display). Obviously, year 2015 has been designated for further expansion if one is to judge by the participants marching down the “asphalt carpet”. It includes Barbie doll “masques” (very ancient American shopping ritual) so now America can claim participation too (somebody unwittingly forgot the American Indians and their natural drive for masquerades). Perfect all-inclusive mishmash!

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    Surva Fest

    by julia79 Written Mar 4, 2009

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    The Surva Festival is the most astonishing festival of masquerade in Bulgaria, maybe in the Balkans. This festival takes place in Pernik since the year of 1966. Since 1995 it is an international festival. It is organized as a two-days' procession of masquerade groups from Bulgaria and other countries. Traditionally 5000 people take part in the festival.

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